Readers' recommendations

Here are recommendations from readers of works regarded as innovative and valuable in the formation of new approaches to the social sciences.

John Searle, The Construction of Social Reality



Carol Rovane, The Bounds of Agency



Luc Bolkanski and Laurent Thevenot, On Justification: Economies of Worth (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)



Owen Hatherley, A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain



Joel Isaac, Working Knowledge: Making the Human Sciences from Parsons to Kuhn



Joseph Henrich, Ernst Fehr, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Herbert Gintis.  Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies



Richard Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope



John Deakins, Making Sense of Us



Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945



Mary Midgley, The Solitary Self (Heretics)



Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust




Branko Milanovic, The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality



Prasannan Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850



Steven Greenhouse, The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker



Daron Acemoglu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty



Luc Boltanski, The New Spirit of Capitalism



Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice



Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism



Jeffrey Sachs, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet



James Gustave Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability



Jonathan Marks, Why I Am Not a Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge



Helga Nowatny and Giuseppe Testa, Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age



Jon Agar,Science in the 20th Century and Beyond (PHSS - Polity History of Science series)



Wendy Brown, Walled States, Waning Sovereignty



Bruce Wexler, Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change



Donna Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: N├ęgritude, Vitalism, and Modernity (New Directions in Critical Theory)



Aviatar Zerubavel, Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community



Andre Pichot, Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler



Robert Sampson, Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect



John Gerring, Social Science Methodology: A Unified Framework (Strategies for Social Inquiry)



Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus, The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire



Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality



James Moudud, Cyrus Bina, Patrick Mason, editors, Alternative Theories of Competition: Challenges to the Orthodoxy (Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics)



Bernard Lahire, The Plural Actor



Randall Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change



David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years



Francis Spufford, Red Plenty



Stephan Fuchs, Against Essentialism: A Theory of Culture and Society



Brian Skyrms, The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure



John Gertner, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation



Duncan Watts, Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer



Dan Hausman, Preference, Value, Choice, and Welfare



Yanis Varoufakis, The Global Minotaur: America, The True Origins of the Financial Crisis and the Future of the World Economy (Economic Controversies)




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